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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2023

Not everyone opts for the traditional large family setting for Thanksgiving dinner, as some prefer to go out for the big meal. If you’re planning on skipping all the cooking and dish-cleaning this year and looking for places to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the go, we’ve got you covered with our annual list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Wichita, KS.

We advise you call ahead and ask about making reservations, as many of these opportunities will likely fill up quickly between now and Thanksgiving.

Admittedly, some of the Thanksgiving buffets stray pretty far from our definition of “cheap.” A few are definitely splurges, but they’ll free up your time and energy for more fun with your family.

Check back on this post; we will continue to update it between now and Thanksgiving as we hear about new options.

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Wichita

Spears Restaurant Thanksgiving meal is back this year, as delicious as ever. On November 23, they’ll serve their regular breakfast menu from 8-10 a.m. but from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. they’ll serve the famous Spears’ Thanksgiving buffet, which includes a pie buffet. Yum, yum!   The Thanksgiving buffet is only $17.99 per person or $8.99 for kids ages 6-10. Kids 5 and younger are free. Drinks separate. 

Village Inn will be open on Thanksgiving from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., including the locations on W. Central, Rock Rd., S. Meridian, Derby, and Hutchinson. If all you want is to bring home a pie, be sure to pre-order it!

Spangles is open on Thanksgiving day. 

6S Steakhouse will be offering a classic Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with traditional Thanksgiving favorites. The carving station will include turkey, prime rib, and salmon; they’ll also have sides, salads, fresh baked dinner rolls, and desserts. Adult buffet is $38 per person, and $18 per child under 12 years old. Call (316) 631-6667 or go to their website to reserve your seat. You can also order a full Thanksgiving dinner for takeout. 

Bagatelle will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with turkey lunch while supplies last; their regular menu will not be available that day. This will be a busy day for them – be extraordinarily kind and make it a great one for you and for them. 🙂 If you order a week ahead, you can get their special Thanksgiving meal to take home.

Chisholms Wichita offers a Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $44 per person ($19.95 for children 5-12) on November 23, and an upscale Thanksgiving dinner menu later that has starters, main courses, and assorted desserts priced individually. 

Cracker Barrel will be open on Thanksgiving Day with a special in-store Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to close. Turkey and cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, biscuit or corn muffin, cranberry relish, refillable coffee tea or soda, and pumpkin pie. This bountiful feast is available for $15.99 for adults and $8.99 for kids. The kid’s meal does not include sweet potato casserole. They’ll also have a limited regular menu available that day that will include country fried steak, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, and a few select veggies and sides to choose from. Cracker Barrel also has a heat ‘n serve option you can order ahead.

Dave and Busters website location information shows the Wichita Greenwich Rd. store will be open 3 p.m. to midnight on Thursday. There’s no indication of a special menu.

Denny’s will be open all day on Thanksgiving. You can enjoy the turkey and dressing dinner (includes carved turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides, and dinner bread), or you pick from the regular menu options. 

Golden Corral Thanksgiving will, as you might expect, include the holiday buffet featuring everyone’s favorites, like carved roasted turkey, carved holiday glazed ham, and carved holiday beef roast along with all the classic Thanksgiving sides and mouthwatering pies.  They’ll offer this delectable feast every weekday after 4 p.m. throughout the season, but take note of the special holiday hours on November 23: our local west Wichita Golden Corral is only open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on that day. 

IHOP will be open on Thanksgiving as well, regular hours and regular menu items, which now includes a homestyle turkey & stuffing dinner or a homestyle turkey and stuffing melt.

Newport Grill at Bradley Fair will be open Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a buffet style meal featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites, fresh seafood, hot and cool sides, and more. Price is $44.95 per person or $19.95 for kids ages 6-12. (Kids 5 and younger free.) Call to reserve a table. 

Red Lobster will be open on Thanksgiving and on Christmas day this year with a variety of menu options. One new special that will be available is the Lobster & Shrimp Holiday Feast. More info in a press release here.

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse will be offering a Thanksgiving brunch on November 23 for $49. The menu includes a carving station with honey citrus ham and a pasta station with chicken and bay shrimp. The buffet will also include an assortment of breakfast items, turkey, cod, sides, a salmon/lox platter, appetizers and desserts.

Vora Restaurant is taking reservations for its Thanksgiving brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 23. The menu includes turkey, prime rib, smoke salmon, as well as breakfast items, pasta dishes, sides, breads, salads, desserts, and assorted sweets. For adults, the brunch is $38; for children age 4-11, it’s $15. You do need a reservation.

Do you know of any places open on Thanksgiving day in Wichita that I’ve missed? Please let me know in the comments section below or email me. 

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Where can you pre-order Thanksgiving dinners in Wichita? 

If you were wondering where to find fully cooked Thanksgiving dinners in Wichita, KS to order ahead, we have listed here the ones we know of. Be sure to check when these need to be ordered by!

Note: The week of Thanksgiving is too late to pre-order most Turkey day dinners. At the very latest, you’ll want to allow 24-hour notice at places like Dillons or Cracker Barrel. If you forgot to plan ahead, ^^ scroll back up to see restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. ^^

Hog Wild‘s Thanksgiving meal for 2023 once again includes 3 options for your convenience. You can purchase a whole slow-smoked turkey (about 12 lbs) for $50, a whole cooked boneless ham (approx. 4 lbs) for $50, or a complete holiday meal including all the fixin’s for $125. They are closed Thanksgiving day so call ahead and pick up your order between Nov. 20-22. For more information, check their Facebook page here. 

Bagatelle Bakery is continuing its tradition of offering a family turkey dinner that feeds 6-8 people for only $154.34. Be sure to get your order in a week before the big celebration.  

Cracker Barrel is offering a Heat n’ Serve Thanksgiving Feast that serves 8-10 or a Thanksgiving Family Dinner that serves 4-6. A 24-hour notice is required. If you pre-order and schedule pickup for 11/20 or 11/21 to receive a FREE digital bonus card. The hassle-free holiday meals start at around $100. (Price and selection might vary depending on location.) If you’re interested in ordering your own Thanksgiving feast, go to crackerbarrel.com/thanksgiving to see what’s included. 

Stroud’s Wichita Thanksgiving meals to go will be hot and ready for you to pick up curbside on November 23. The three options include generous portions of country ham or roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more. Call Stroud’s at (316) 838-2454 to pre-order the Dinner for Two ($69.99) Dinner for Four ($139.99) or Dinner for Twelve ($359.99) For more information.

Dillons is a go-to choice for Thanksgiving dinner. Their delicious options include just about every traditional, classic dish you could want.  The prices are usually great too. For example, the Butterball Bone-in Turkey meal serves 6-8 and is only $80. You can order extra sides a la carte as well. And you can order online, so it’s even more convenient than it used to be.

Golden Corral in Wichita has your Thanksgiving covered. in Wichita has your Thanksgiving covered. Order a meal at least 72 hours in advance that includes your choice of a whole roasted turkey, glazed holiday ham, or roast beef. The meal sides and dessert. Prices start at around $80 for a turkey meal that serves 6-8 people. at least 72 hours in advance that includes your choice of a whole roasted turkey, glazed holiday ham, or roast beef. The meal sides and dessert. Prices start at around $80 for a turkey meal that serves 6-8 people. 

Whole Foods Market in Wichita has whole turkey dinners to go, including a vegan option (serves 2) that is under $40. A classic roast turkey dinner for 4 starts at around $100 and goes up from there. A minimum 48-hour advance notice is required. Find out more on the Whole Foods Wichita website



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